March 10th, 2014 by Doree
Ann Bowden is retiring as Development Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. She has been instrumental in the PNA’s successful Capital Campaign, which has raised millions to renovate the campus and its buildings and bring the Blue Building up to ADA standards with its new elevator. Congratulations on your retirement, Ann!
So, the PNA is seeking a new Development Director. Click here for a complete job description.
Tags: Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA
January 17th, 2014 by Doree
Puget Sound Blood Center is holding a blood drive from 1-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. today (Friday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Walk-ins are welcome.
Tags: Phinney Center, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA, Puget Sound Blood Center
January 7th, 2014 by Doree
The annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Sunday, Jan. 26, will bring together about 85 professionals to help homeowners with any remodeling project. Contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups and permitting agencies will fill the Phinney Center’s three floors.
The fair is a good place to get ideas for projects big and small, ask questions about permitting requirements, and find a good designer or contractor.
The fair also hosts a full day of short presentations and panel discussions, from the basics of backyard cottages to “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”
The PNA Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Phinney Center’s Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets at the door are $4 for PNA members, $6 general; children 12 and under are free.
Tags: Home Design & Remodel Fair, Phinney Center, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA, remodeling, renovation
December 17th, 2013 by Doree
The community has rallied around a Greenwood family of three that lost nearly everything in a house fire on Dec. 2. An online fund set up to help the family had an initial goal of raising $10,000. Today it stands at $12,334.
And Phinney Neighborhood Association Executive Director Lee Harper tells us that Winter Festival participants on Dec. 7-8 donated an additional $1,035 to help the family get back on their feet.
Tags: fire, fundraising, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA
December 11th, 2013 by Doree
The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Village program is recruiting volunteer drivers to escort senior citizens to various destinations, such as doctor appointments and running errands.
The PNA Village, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is a community group dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.
We need volunteer drivers to transport members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.
If you’d like to give some of your time and energy to help people remain happily in their own homes as they age, please volunteer to be a driver. Contact Liz at (206)789-1217 or email@example.com for more information.
Tags: Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA, PNA Village, senior citizens, volunteering
December 4th, 2013 by Doree
The 33rd annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. There will be constant live entertainment by hundreds of musicians and dancers, 115 artists and craft vendors, lunch food and treats for sale. Check out the full entertainment schedule here.
Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general, children 12 and under are free. Please also bring a can of food to donate to the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank.
While you’re there, consider picking up a tag from the Giving Tree to help local children and families in need. The PNA is sponsoring two more Giving Trees, at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.) and Umpqua Bank (7120 Greenwood Ave. N).
(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Winter Festival.)
Tags: Christmas, giving tree, holidays, Phinney Center, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA, Winter Festival
December 4th, 2013 by Doree
The Seattle Santa will be at the Phinney Neighborhood Association on Thursday afternoon posing for free pictures and asking for donations to help the homeless and local food banks.
Pictures are from 4-6:30 p.m. at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 5. Bring your own camera/phone. It’s free, but please consider making a donation to help local food banks and homeless causes that The Seattle Santa and Mrs. Claus support.
Santa (actually a Greenwood resident named Dan) and Mrs. Claus will be handing out candy canes too. Check out details and pictures from past The Seattle Santa events here.
Tags: Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA, Santa, The Seattle Santa
December 2nd, 2013 by Doree
The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead caroling under “Gary’s Canopy” (that’s Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair) at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N. from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Donations will go to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.
Come enjoy a fire pit and hot apple cider courtesy of Ken’s Market. The Phinney Neighborhood Association will provide song sheets.
Organizers say all voices are welcome, whether they’re in tune or not!
Tags: caroling, Christmas, Gary's Greenwood Auto Repair, holidays, Ken's Market, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus
November 26th, 2013 by Doree
By Shelby Ehlert, University of Washington News Lab
Most of us can remember a time in our childhood when we visited the local zoo, giddy with excitement to explore the exotic sights, sounds and smells. For one group of people, it’s memory itself that brings them to the Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge every Monday.
Since its inception in early 2011, the Memory Loss Walk has drawn individuals diagnosed with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers to partake in a morning zoo walk followed by coffee and conversation.
The program is sponsored by several organizations that partnered “because they wanted to offer individuals with mild memory loss the opportunity to join a supportive program that emphasizes socialization as well as the importance of living a healthy lifestyle,” according to Liz Rhine of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The groups involved are the Alzheimer’s Association’s Western and Central Washington State Chapter, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Program, the Phinney Neighborhood Association and Greenwood Senior Center, Rhine said in an email.
It was a chilly but sunny autumn morning when we met in the Woodland Park Zoo parking lot before heading out for the Northern Trail tour of the zoo.
As soon as the walk began I quickly forgot the environment we were in and became so enthralled in the conversation that it was easy to miss the many animals we passed, as these were clearly not the focus of the walkers.
This was much more than a community activity for individuals with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers – this was a family. They are united by a common experience unique to their group.
“ I think what I benefit most from is the time we spend together,” said Roger Stocker, a participant of the walk since early 2011. “It’s nice to see the stuff we see going around the zoo and I wouldn’t discredit that at all, but I think the big part of it is…the existence and presence of these people. What makes it different from other people is that we have something that we share.”
Memory Loss Walk participants take in the zoo’s bear exhibit.
As Rhine noted, the walk “offers participants an opportunity to hold conversations in a safe and stimulating environment around others who can relate and offer support.”
“You can talk about Alzheimer’s in this group,” said Ruth Mulligan, who has been participating in the walk for a year. “That’s one big difference (compared with other social settings.”
Charlie Reidy, a participant who is affected by Alzheimer’s, said there is a stigma around the disease: People are afraid of it. Because of this, the Alzheimer’s Association provides programs to bridge the gap between individuals with Alzheimer’s and the public. Reidy attends another program that helps people with early-stage memory loss learn to improvise when communicating because the struggle to recall specific words is one of the first symptoms of memory loss.
Reidy said that people react very uncomfortably if they’re talking to someone with memory loss who stops cold in the middle of a sentence. They don’t know how to respond. However, the discomfort can be avoided or at least mitigated if the individual with memory loss can learn to keep talking — even out of context — rather than dwell on the word they’re attempting to recall, Reidy said.
It’s small programs like this that the Alzheimer’s Association, along with its partners, work to provide for individuals with early-stage memory loss that are truly making a difference.
“What we’ve kind of taken as a reminder is that it is what it is,” Stocker said. “What we’ve decided is the only way we can really deal with this is take it one day at a time and live life at the moment.”
“And to the fullest,” added Myriam Marquez, another participant in the walk and an active Alzheimer’s advocate.
For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services and ways to get involved, please contact the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit them online at www.alzwa.org.
Shelby Ehlert is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.
Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Association of Washington, greenwood senior center, memory loss, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, woodland park zoo
November 13th, 2013 by Doree
Nearly two dozen local authors will read from and sign their books from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
The fourth annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Book Signing is co‐hosted by Santoro’s Books, Shunpike and the PNA. Proceeds benefit 826 Seattle (a nonprofit writing and tutoring center in Greenwood) and the PNA. The authors are even baking homemade goodies for purchase to support literacy programs.
Authors include: Garth Stein, Kristin Hannah, Elizabeth George, Erica Bauermeister, Megan Chance, Susan Wiggs, Kevin O’Brien, Clare Dederer, Kevin Emerson, Jennie Shortridge, Carol Cassella, Laurie Frankel, Sean Beaudoin, Shannon Huffman Polson, Lynn Brunnelle, Suzanne Selfors, Deb Caletti, Bernadette Pajer, Bhartii Kirchner, William Dietrich, Mike Lawson, Clare Meeker and Thor Hanson.
Twelve authors will give readings throughout the afternoon:
- 2 p.m. – Erica Bauermeister
- 2:15 p.m. – Sean Beaudoin
- 2:30 p.m. – Jennie Shortridge
- 2:45 p.m. – Bill Dietrich
- 3 p.m. – Laurie Frankel
- 3:15 p.m. – Thor Hanson
- 3:30 p.m. – Lynn Brunelle
- 3:45 p.m. – Suzanne Selfors
- 4 p.m. – Bharti Kirchner
- 4:15 p.m. – Shannon Huffman Polson
- 4:30 p.m. – Kevin Emerson
- 4:45 p.m. – Bernadette Pajer
The S7W writers also help stock “pocket libraries” throughout the city in homeless shelters and food banks. Anyone who brings gently‐used books to donate at the Holiday Book Signing will receive a free S7W cloth bag.
Tags: 826 Seattle, books, literacy, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle7Writers, Shunpike
November 5th, 2013 by Doree
The election may be over, but “Beer for Mayor” is still in the running for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Beer Taste from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
Sample more than 50 beers and hard ciders, including Fremont Bonfire Winter Ale, Naked City Wild Cherry Barrel Aged Sour, Lantern Blanche Canneberge, Maritime Pacific Dead Wreakening IPA, and NW Peaks Snowfield Ale, to name just a few.
Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for designated drivers. The special $60 preview tasting at 6:15 p.m. includes a commemorative glass, sliders, slaw, a $25 tax-deductible donation and no crowds. Your ticket gets you 10 tastes and pub snacks, plus there’s a silent auction of beer paraphernalia. Tickets available online, along with a complete list of all microbrewies pouring that night.
Tags: beer taste, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA
October 8th, 2013 by Doree
The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is tomorrow (Wednesday). Eat out early and often to help raise money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Thirty neighborhood restaurants, coffee shops and pubs will donate a portion of their sales that day to the Hot Meal Program.
- 74th Street Ale House
- The Angry Beaver
- A la Mode Pies
- Baranof Restaurant
- Barking Dog Ale House
- Blue Glass
- Blue Bird Ice Cream
- Diggity Dog
- Fresh Flours
- In the Red Wine Bar
- Kalbi Grill Express
- Makeda Coffee
- The Olive and Grape
- Oliver’s Twist
- The Park Pub
- Red Mill Burgers
- Ridge Neighborhood Pizza
- Razzi’s Pizza
- Santa Fe Café
- Tangerine Thai
- Teachers Lounge
- Tim’s Tavern
- Stumbling Goat
Metropolis is donating balloons to mark all participating restaurants that day.
If you can’t eat out that day but want to make a direct donation, please send a check to: PNA, Hot Meal Program, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.
Tags: Hot Meal Program, hunger, Phabulous Pig Out, Phinney Neighborhood Association